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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28922–28932

Excitation transfer between optically injected microdisk lasers

Thomas Van Vaerenbergh, Koen Alexander, Joni Dambre, and Peter Bienstman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28922-28932 (2013)

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Recently, we have theoretically demonstrated that optically injected microdisk lasers can be tuned in a class I excitable regime, where they are sensitive to both inhibitory and excitatory external input pulses. In this paper, we propose, using simulations, a topology that allows the disks to react on excitations from other disks. Phase tuning of the intermediate connections allows to control the disk response. Additionally, we investigate the sensitivity of the disk circuit to deviations in driving current and locking signal wavelength detuning. Using state-of-the-art fabrication techniques for microdisk laser, the standard deviation of the lasing wavelength is still about one order of magnitude too large. Therefore, compensation techniques, such as wavelength tuning by heating, are necessary.

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OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(200.4700) Optics in computing : Optical neural systems
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Thomas Van Vaerenbergh, Koen Alexander, Joni Dambre, and Peter Bienstman, "Excitation transfer between optically injected microdisk lasers," Opt. Express 21, 28922-28932 (2013)

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